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Paprika Spiced Hungarian Beef Goulash

Beef GoulashThis is the fourth dish I've made from the extremely large section of The Newlywed Kitchen's meat, poultry and Seafood recipes. This will be my last recipe from this section before proceeding to the final section of desserts next weekend.

I've never made goulash before but it is basically a stew. It was very flavorful, the sweet paprika gave it a nice kick. I was surprised at how difficult it was to find canned crushed tomatoes at Fred Meyer. They had the large 28 ounce cans of it but not the smaller size. I ended up getting the large size and used a little more than half of it. Still need to figure out what I'm going to do with the rest. I got the beef at the small grocery store in my home town. They didn't have any packaged stew meat so I ended up getting a chuck steak and chopped it myself. We noticed the package date no the meat was a day later. I'm not sure how they could get away with putting future dates on their meats. It wasn't a sell by date either is said specifically it was the packaged date. I almost said something to the checkout lady but I didn't. I did take a picture of it and post it on twitter though.

The only disappointment with this recipe was the meat. Even after stewing for about 3 hours there was still quite a bit of fat on the meat. I'm sure it had a lot to do with the poor quality of meat. I did do one thing different from the recipe and that was deglaze the frying pan with the beef broth after frying the beef to pick up all the extra beef bits and flavor from the pan. It would be a shame to let all that beefy goodness go to waste.

Floured Beef Paprika Spiced Hungarian Beef Goulash

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